Archive for April, 2018

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

The Germanic Stratum Hypothesis

Jordan Clifford “The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don’t just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.” – James Nicoll English has always been […]

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

Us Versus Them: Discrimination as Illustrated by the History of English

Rachel Petkau The age-old issue of discrimination is reflected in language. An “us versus them” mentality is easiest to measure in words and numbers, stereotypes defined with words like “primitive” and “civilized.” Though it is obvious that discrimination has an impact on language use, it is less clear whether language has had an impact on […]